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While we didn’t have as many entries as I was expecting, they were still very amusing. I’m glad that most people got the overall idea behind this contest which was to make me laugh or also to be amazed at your MS Paint abilities.  Before we get to the entries, thanks again to Dan Bostlemann (dbsdelight) for offering up this bottle to give away.

Here are the runners up (with a little commentary):

I appreciate the effort, but too much photograph and not enough MS Paint. Good job, good effort with the meme though.

I’ve actually seen this crying bastard before at DLD, so this scene is all too familiar. But, is that dude on the picnic table dead?

This is very well done and would be an awesome album cover for any 80’s hair band.

While I am pompous, I’m not exactly vain. So, while you’d assume this portrait of me would be right up my alley, I don’t particularly want to look at this eerily accurate MS Paint depiction of myself.

I assume this is what DLD would look like on acid.

This is a lie, this dude cuts the front all of the time.  I know this for a fact.

I believe this is what clinical psychologists would label “nightmare fuel.”

This is pretty awesome. It’s like a cross between Dark Lord, Shredder, and binge drinking.

And the winner is…

Beers attacking bunnies and flowers, lava, brimstone, and sperm falling from the sky. This image has everything. Congrats to Tyler Dumey, you’ve perfectly described every Dark Lord Day I’ve attended.

Thank you all for entering, these were pretty great.

I’ve said this many times, but one of the coolest aspects of the STL Hops community is the fact that it really is a community. People are not only familiar with each other, but they help each other, tease each other, and many of them are now friends. It’s one of the things I’m most proud of.

The vibe at Dark Lord Day at Three Floyds Brewing is not too dissimilar to the vibe at STL Hops events. For the most part, there are really nice people all wanting to share some beer. This year especially, was a lot of fun. In fact, there was a large contingent of people from STL Hops at DLD  this year.

One of those people who got to attend was Dan Bostlemann (dbsdelight). Dan is always looking pay back the generous nature of the STL Hops community and so Dan is offering up a bottle of 2012 Dark Lord for someone to win.

But, as you can tell from the title, this is no ordinary contest.  Rather than just give these bottles away to a random winner, I’ve decided that you’ve got to work for it.  This is an MS Paint contest.

I want you to draw your best image in MS Paint (or the Mac software equivalent) about Dark Lord or Dark Lord Day.  I’ll pick one winner to get one bottle of 2012 Dark Lord. As this will probably be a very popular contest you must exactly follow all of the rules that follow:

  • If you’ve won something from STL Hops in the past 6 months, please be cool and let someone else enter.
  • No multiple entries and only one image per entry. So make that image count.
  • The best image will be at my discretion.
  • You must be 21 or older to enter.
  • You must be able to arrange someone to pick up your bottle, I will not be shipping these.

Email your drawing to contest@stlhops.com with the subject of Dark Lord MS Paint, I’ll be choosing the winner and posting the best entries next Thursday, September 27th at 9AM CDT.  Good luck.

I’ve said this many times, but one of the coolest aspects of the STL Hops community is the fact that it really is a community. People are not only familiar with each other, but they help each other, tease each other, and many of them are now friends. It’s one of the things I’m most proud of.

The vibe at Dark Lord Day at Three Floyds Brewing is not too dissimilar to the vibe at STL Hops events. For the most part, there are really nice people all wanting to share some beer. This year especially, was a lot of fun. In fact, there was a large contingent of people from STL Hops at DLD.

One of those people who got to attend was Dan Bostlemann (dbsdelight). Originally, Dan didn’t have one of the magic tickets to get into DLD, but thanks to the generosity of people from STL Hops, Dan was able to find a ticket and make this his fifth Dark Lord Day in a row.

To repay back the generous nature of the STL Hops community, Dan is offering up a bottle of 2008 and 2010 Dark Lord for a couple of people to win.  The 2008 and 2010 bottles felt a bit lonely, so I’ve added a 2009 and 2011 to go along for the ride.

But, as you can tell from the title, this is no ordinary contest.  Rather than just give these bottles away to a random winner, I’ve decided that you’ve got to work for it.  This is a haiku contest.

I want you to write your best haiku about Dark Lord or Dark Lord Day.  I’ll pick four winners to each get one year out of this vertical (one winner, one bottle.) As this will probably be a very popular contest you must exactly follow all of the rules that follow:

  • If you’ve won something from STL Hops in the past 6 months, please be cool and let someone else enter.
  • Your haiku must be 5/7/5. I’ll be counting.
  • No multiple entries and only one haiku per entry. So make that haiku count.
  • The best haiku will be at my discretion.
  • You must be 21 or older to enter.
  • You must be able to arrange someone to pick up your bottle, I will not be shipping these.

Email your haiku to contest@stlhops.com with the subject of Dark Lord Haiku, I’ll be choosing the winner and posting the best entries next Thursday, June 2nd at 3PM CDT.  Good luck.

Sure there was a little rain at times, but at least this year’s Dark Lord Day was a lovely 70 degrees compared to last year’s 55 degree high. It was a pretty wonderful day to get beer and everyone seemed in much better spirits as you knew you were guaranteed to get beer this year thanks to a golden ticket.

You had the opportunity to try just about every rare beer on the planet thanks to some very generious beer nerds and while I know a lot of people are against the whole Dark Lord idea, the day really is something to behold.  Here are a couple of photos for those of you that couldn’t make it.

dark_lordYes, that’s right. I’m giving away two bottles of the much sought-after beer from Three Floyds Brewing, Dark Lord.  Now, there are some rules for this contest:

  1. You have to live in the St. Louis Metro area.  I’m not shipping this beer, we’ll meet at a mutually-agreed location and you’ll get your beer.
  2. You have to be 21 years of age.  Duh.
  3. If you already have some 09 Dark Lord, please do not enter this contest.  I’m trying to open this open to people who didn’t have a chance to buy the beer.
  4. Please don’t sell this bottle after receiving it.  This is coming straight out of my allotment which means right out of my pocket.
  5. There will be two winners, so I can spread the love.

If you’re interested in winning a chance to own one of the most coveted beers in the world, email contest@stlhops.com with a subject of “Dark Lord” and tell me what you’re willing to do to own this beer. I have a feeling we’ll have a lot of people interested in winning so I’ll be randomly drawing two winners for a single bottle each on Monday, May 4th at 9AM.

We have a new thread in the Forum titled, “What did you drink last night?” It gives everyone a chance to discuss what beers they enjoyed the night before and maybe even brag a little bit. As I was typing up a monster post for the thread, it occurred to me it would probably make a decent post on the main blog as well. So here’s a little of my weekend drinking:

Friday
Two Hearted: Had kind of a crappy day, so I started off with an old favorite. Unfortunately I had it at Growler’s and I was having a poor time there.
Green Flash Hop Head Red: Came home and popped open one of the three beers I picked up while in Champaign. I was looking for their West Coast IPA, had to settle for this instead. Nice beer, but didn’t really live up to the “Hop Head” moniker. Could have standed a bit more bitterness, but it was still a nice beer.
DFH Indian Brown Ale: Picked this one up because of a comment someone said about this beer on another message board I post on. He compared it to dishwater. I saw that it picked up good ratings on BA (I know it’s not the end-all be-all of ratings, but it’s a quick go-to) and decided to try for myself. I’m very glad I did, it has a very pleasant hop aroma that matches well with the roasted malts.
Founders Red Rye: If this was available in Missouri, it may usurp Two Hearted as may go-to beer.

Saturday
Schlafly Weiss Bier: I volunteered working the Art of Food event and as such we got free Schlafly Weiss. I had about a billion glasses before the night was over. I really enjoyed it and wish they would sell this stuff in the bottles they currently label as a hefeweizen.
De Proef Reserve Signature Ale: After AoF ended, we were beat and decided to get a drink. We hit up 33 Wine Bar as the laid back atmosphere suited our desire to relax. Dylan recommended this, but I wish I could remember more about it.
Péché Mortel: Forgetting this was not a 750, I was planning on sharing this with a friend, oops. I remember this being very pleasant, but that’s about it.
Bad Idea: I don’t remember what it was, but it was not a good decision by me to order one last beer at last call. So we’ll just go with the name “Bad Idea.” Let’s make it clear though, the beer was not at fault.

Sunday
DFH 90 Minute:We decided to hit The Rotten Apple as sort of a present to ourselves after AoF. Bill and Ellie had not yet gone and Bill was keen to try a draught 90 Minute. We agreed that it’s a completely awesome beer, but it’s honestly not that much different than drinking it out of a bottle. But we wouldn’t turn it down if it was offered to us.
Founders Rubeaus: This was my original reason for going up to the Apple. I really enjoyed this beer out of a bottle so I wanted to try it on draught. Unlike 90 Minute, this was is very different on draught. I found that the bottled version was a bit sweet and edged closer to a raspberry soda whereas the draught version reminded me more of a beer.
Three Floyds Alpha King: The American India Pale Ale that’s trying to disguise itself as an American Pale Ale. I wish I would have had this before the 90 Minute, because it almost seemed like an APA after the DFH offering.
Founders Dirty Bastard: An obvious Americanized version of a Scottish Ale, but a damn good one. It had a very thick, almost creamy mouthfeel and plenty of caramel sweetness that was never overwhelming.
Avery The Beast: Jerad then started breaking out some beers from in the back. The first was this 14.9% monster from Avery. The nose contained a big raisiny malty aroma along with some hot alcohol as well. The taste was sickenly sweet, in fact I think this beer is the reason why the word “cloying” was invented. Not my cup of tea.
Jolly Pumpkin Noel De Calabaza: I actually had this one a couple of weeks ago at Erato and at that time I remembered the previous bottles I’ve had seemed more sour. I don’t know if my palate has adjusted to these funky/sour beers, but this beer was no exception. It had plenty of funk, but not much of the sour I remember from previous bottles. Still a great beer though.

My liver is glad the weekend is over.

Readers of STL Hops probably have figured out by now that I’m pretty obsessed with Three Floyds Brewing out of Munster, IN. If you’ve ever had some of their beers you’ll quickly realize why my obsession took root. Because of my sickness, I decided to attend Dark Lord Day 2008. If you’re unaware of what Dark Lord Day is, once a year Three Floyds brews a Russian Imperial Stout named Dark Lord and it’s only sold on Dark Lord Day. People (like me) travel from miles around to buy the beer.

But what makes the event so much fun is that it’s a huge gather of beer nerds that get together to not only buy the beer, but bring beer to taste and trade. You can’t swing a dead cat without having someone offer you something from around the country to taste that you’ve never had before.

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This is the front of the line, people were mingling, sharing some beer and trying to stay warm. It was about a balmy 45 degrees on Saturday morning.

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